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Welcome to Student Health Insurance

Mon, Dec 2
Spring 2020 Open Enrollment
Fri, Jan 17
Spring 2020 Open Enrollment Deadline


Medical Plan:

Annual: August 15, 2019 – July 31, 2020

Fall: August 15, 2019 – December 31, 2019

Spring: January 1, 2020 – July 31, 2020

*2020/2021 policy will begin on 8/1/2020



All registered, degree-seeking students are required to maintain health insurance coverage while enrolled at Rice University.

Therefore, all *students are REQUIRED to either enroll in the Rice Student Health Insurance Plan, administered by Aetna Student Health, or request a waiver of the Student Health Insurance plan by demonstrating comparable insurance coverage.

To enroll, in coverage, due to a qualifying life event, please email

IMPORTANT: If you do not take action to enroll in or waive the student insurance plan prior to the deadline, you will be automatically enrolled into the insurance plan and responsible for the full premium amount. Once enrolled, you will be unable to cancel coverage or request a refund for any reason. *Students enrolled in an online program or the Glasscock School of Continuing Studies are not eligible for Student Health Insurance or required to submit a waiver.
Note: All Rice-sponsored F-1 and J-1 International Students are required to enroll in either the Aetna Student Health Insurance plan or Rice's approved Alternative Insurance Plan for International Students by Student Assurance Services (SAS). For all questions regarding the SAS plan, contact the Office of International Students and Scholars.


Aetna Updates

Programs and Incentives to Support Healthier Living

  • Fitness discount programs on products and services like gym memberships and exercise equipment
  • In-home weight management programs to help members reach and maintain a healthy weight
  • Health coaching to help members stop smoking, lower stress and... Read more

Vital Savings on Dental Discount Program

Vital Savings on Dental is a dental discount program. If you enroll in the Aetna Student Health Insurance plan, you will be automatically enrolled in the Vital Savings on Dental Discount program.
In order to utilize this program, you will need to select a participating dentist by... Read more

5 Ways to Help Female Travelers Stay Safe Abroad

Women can be viewed as vulnerable targets when they travel and generally face a higher level of risk than their male peers. 
Recognizing this, On Call International is offering specific information and advice to help mitigate these risks so one can prepare female... Read more


UPDATE: Aetna Student Health no longer mails out physical medical ID cards.

You can access and print your web medical ID by clicking on the link located under Student Resources, downloading the Aetna mobile app, or by logging into the Aetna Navigator. If you would like a physical medical card, please contact Aetna Member Services to request that your medical ID card be mailed to your address.